Facial disfigurement

My baby's birthmark

Claire Lewin talks about her daughter's haemangioma, a birthmark covering part of her face.

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about growing up with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped.

Changing Faces awareness campaign poster

Handling reactions to facial disfigurement

How to handle reactions to disfigurement, including questions, comments and stares.

Rebecca Lindsay

'My daughter had birthmark surgery'

Gillian Lindsay talks about the surgery her child had to remove a facial haemangioma.

Treating birthmarks

Advice on getting treatment for birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas.

Victoria Wright

'Cherubism and me'

Victoria Wright talks about life with a facial disfigurement and the help she's had from the Changing Faces charity

Child disfigurement: coping as a parent

How to deal with stares and comments from strangers if your child has a disfigurement.

Portrait of Sue Morgan-Elphick: before (left) and after surgery

Facial surgery

Information about NHS facial surgery for birthmarks, congenital conditions and disfigurements.

Sue Morgan-Elphick with her children

'My new life after face surgery'

Sue Morgan-Elphick talks about how surgery for facial disfigurement changed her life.

Disfigurement support groups

Links to disfigurement groups offering support, information and advice on specific conditions.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Birthmarks (haemangioma)

Haemangiomas are vascular birthmarks caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin. Find out how to deal with birthmarks and what to do if they cause complications, such as problems with eyesight or breathing.

Media last reviewed: 26/05/2012

Next review due: 26/05/2014

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery involves repairing and restoring skin and tissue.

Cosmetic surgery

Things to consider, plus questions to ask a surgeon, what to expect and the risks of surgery

The nurse who looks after your looks

Thousands of patients have benefited from Daren Edwards' skill in his 30 years' service to the NHS

Video: disfigurements

Leo and Nev both have a disfigurement. Find out how people's attitudes affect them.